New York City Here I Come?
Posted 10 December 2009 - 04:08 PM
NYC never occurred to me as a place to move until I stumbled upon this job but in terms of prospects for filmmaking it seems an incredible step up from Dallas. At least I think it does. There's always the argument about being a big fish in a (very) small pond versus a minnow in the sea, but I try not to think about that. I figure if my work ethic, skill, talent, and desire to progress are going to take me where I want to go, they will do so no matter where I am (albeit with different hurdles to overcome). The other side of that though is that getting involved in a more established production city with more earnest work being done will be all the more difficult while juggling a day-job. Here in Dallas, it's not horribly abnormal to be a nights and weekends filmmaker and still be taken seriously.
To the perspective of someone like me it seems that cities like LA, New York, and Vancouver represent much broader horizons as a cinematographer and as a director. Sure they represent greater competition, but being in the kiddy pool doesn't feel much like swimming sometimes. Just in terms of professional standards though the world seems much bigger. I mean in terms of progress I'm guessing getting to AC a film commercial in NY is worth oodles more than DPing a prosumerHD short in Texas.
Not to mention that there are educational possibilities - night programs at the New York Film Academy and such (I'm not interested in "film school" so much as learning opportunities), workshops, etc.
There are a lot of things on my mind that will temper my decision when an offer letter appears, but I'm really curious to get other perspectives, particularly from professionals who live and work or have worked there. My view of the place and the opportunities this move might afford me, considering that I'd be maintaining an existing career while pursuing another one, may be grossly skewed.
What insight can any of you offer?
Posted 11 December 2009 - 10:53 AM
Totally worth experiencing the city...
not without its hassles (money, transportation)...
If you like doing grass-roots things, or scanning craigslist there is a lot of activity...
Posted 11 December 2009 - 11:40 AM
On the other hand, living within subway access means unrestricted late night public transportation free of parking hassles which may or may not be useful depending on your hours. One thing to keep in mind if you plan on shifting careers and getting into film is that you should get used to living way below your means now so that you can afford to make that leap. Once you start freelancing in film, it's feast or famine for a long time unless you work as a crew member in which case, it's much easier to find steady gigs. Still, save up about 6 months worth of income to find film jobs and look for them in the spring. Winters suck around here.
Posted 12 December 2009 - 01:44 PM
If you are happy to make interesting artistic works without a great deal of expectation for becoming a Hollywood filmmaker, then NY is a good move. If your goal is to be a studio filmmaker, then the Hollywood environment is likely more suited towards that expectation.
Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:27 PM